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The Old Rectory on the lake

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Talyllyn, LL36 9AJ, Gwynedd
Wales, United Kingdom

A lush lakeside retreat. Enthusiastic owners spoil guests rotten - comfy beds,sumptuous baths, exceptional meals, a hot tub under the stars

Hike to Cadair Idris – the scenery is breathtaking. Return to a hot tub under the stars, and champagne to toast your good fortune. This lakeside B&B in southern Snowdonia is utterly spoiling and Ricky has become a chef of reputation. Slow-roast lamb shank, fillet of local salmon, a trio of Welsh ices; the menus change each day. Spacious bedrooms (one is downstairs) have ever-changing views, bathrooms are sumptuous and you wake to the smell of Welsh bacon: breakfasts are to die for. Binoculars for the birds, a wonderful welcome for you, candlelit dining... it's bliss.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from
Ricky Francis:

  • After an energetic day’s hiking in the glorious mountains which surround The Old Rectory on the lake why not return late afternoon and wallow in a free standing hot bath with plenty of bubbles – together with a chilled pre-dinner drink of course!
  • Why not steam down the valley to the coast on the world’s first preserved narrow gauge railway. The Talyllyn engines used to pull the mined slate to the coast – now the trains carry passengers who enjoy this amazing experience - all run by volunteers.
  • Legend has it that if you stay the night on Cadair Idris - the imposing mountain on whose slopes we perch – you either go mad or turn into poet. We have walked up many times and have stayed the night on the summit and ……. we cannot write poetry!
  • In the early spring time there is a very good chance that you may see the family of otters who live in the lake. Talyllyn is stocked with brown trout and just before the fishing seasons starts the hungry otters enjoy many a fish!
  • Where better to enjoy a late night open air hot tub than under the southern Snowdonia stars with a glass of chilled bubbly in your hand. The ultimate romantic place to propose and so far four guests have! Cue the fireworks – yes we can supply those too!
  • There is wi-fi throughout our home just in case you need to keep in contact with the outside world or want to keep an eye on those vital weather forecasts. Mobile phones do not work here but we do have a landline you can use!
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Booking enquiries: Ricky Francis
+44 (0)1654 782225 (landline)

  • 4 Doubles
Price:(i) £120 per night

Singles £70.

Booking info:

Minimum two nights at weekends; 3 on bank holidays.


Dinner, 4 courses, £30 (not Wednesdays). Pub 4 miles.




Talyllyn, LL36 9AJ, Gwynedd

B&B 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 120 to £ 120 per night
Booking enquiries: Ricky Francis
+44 (0)1654 782225 (landline)